Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo insists his players ‘must look for solutions’ after defeat to West Brom… and he suggests he could revert to a back three to turn their form around
- Wolves are struggling for form in the league, and may need to make changes
- They tried a back-four against West Bromwich Albion, but the plan backfired
- Nuno Espirito Santo may now revert to their famed back-three to recover
Wolves may revert to their famed back-three after their rut continued with a 3-2 home defeat against Black Country rivals West Brom.
Nuno Espirito Santo’s decision to use a flat back four backfired with skipper Conor Coady substituted as their poor run extended to five points in nine games.
‘We didn’t defend well as a team and there are obvious questions we are going to put to ourselves to be better for the next game,’ Espirito Santo said.
Nuno Espirito Santo has hinted he will make changes at the back for Wolves’ next league game
Wolverhampton Wanderers have just five points from their last nine Premier League games
‘There were a lot of things we knew West Brom would try but we didn’t stop them.
‘It is a tough tough moment. We don’t look at the table, only how we do things and we are. It doing them well. We must look for solutions.’
The only consolation was a first Molineux goal for Fabio Silva who is deputising for the injured Raul Jimenez though the 18-year-old later blotted his copybook for diving.
‘His goal can improve his confidence and now we must work to improve him as a player,’ said Nuno.
Wolves tried a back four against West Brom, and it backfired as they fell to another defeat
‘We are not in a good moment but there is only one way, to go to the training ground and work.’
Wolves have a potential FA Cup banana skin next against Chorley.
Sam Allardyce, a boyhood Wolves fan, was delighted with his first win as West Brom boss, and only the club’s second victory of the season.
‘This has given us a big boost. I hope the fans have a good weekend now, something to smile about.’
Captain Conor Coady was substituted, and West Brom went on to get a 3-2 win at Molineux
Albion came from 2-1 down to win despite missing six players including goalkeeper Sam Johnstone and Matt Phillips who tested positive for COVID, though Johnstone is on the mend and allowed to train on his own.
The Albion boss thinks the team’s character will help them in the relegation fight ahead.
‘The two scruffy goals we gave away, in the past the team would not respond but our response of making it 2-2 early lifted the lads and they then showed determination to see the win out,’ Allardyce said.
Robert Snodgrass, 33, enjoyed an impressive debut following his move from West Ham, whom Albion face on Tuesday.
Sam Allardyce was delighted to get his first win since joining West Brom as their new boss
‘We thought we may have to give Snoddy just 70 minutes but he is so fit and had so much energy we left him on,’ explained Allardyce.
‘He will bring huge experience and if we can add to that quality, it will be a huge help.
‘We are still under water in a massively difficult position. We are drowning but we have made a big start today.’
Matheus Pereira scored twice from the spot having missed in the penalty shoot-out in West Brom’s FA Cup exit at Blackpool last weekend.
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